Update on the latest in sports:
Pirates look for 12th straight win
UNDATED (AP) – Ten of today’s Major League games are afternoon events, including the series finale in Cleveland in which the Pirates are aiming for their 12th straight win. Pittsburgh pounded starters Corey Kluber and Shane Bieber for seven runs apiece in the first two games of the series. Starling Marte has a career-high 17-game hitting streak, and Pittsburgh is averaging 6.6 runs per game during its streak, which has pushed the team to 53-49 overall. Trevor Bauer will try to slow the Buccos and rediscover his command after walking a season-high five in a game against Texas last time out.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Many of baseball’s top teams will likely be watching Nathan Eovaldi’s start against the Yankees closely. Eovaldi has been the subject of trade speculation after making a strong return with Tampa Bay following Tommy John surgery. New York may even be among the teams looking to acquire Eovaldi. The Yankees could use another starter, and they know the right-hander well – he pitched in 51 games for New York between 2015 and ’16 before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
– Trea Turner may return to the Nationals’ lineup a day after being benched for a lack of hustle. Turner failed to run to first base after a bunt Monday, angering manager Dave Martinez. Turner said he put the bat up in “self-defense” because he thought he was going to be hit by the pitch and inadvertently put the ball in play, but added that he “probably should have run to first.” Martinez said Tuesday that Turner needed time to think about his actions.
– Ervin Santana is set to make his first start of the season for Minnesota against Toronto. Santana has been out since having surgery on his right middle finger in February. The two-time All-Star was 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA in 33 starts a year ago.
– The Dodgers are recalling pitcher Walker Buehler for the series finale in Philadelphia against Jake Arrieta.
– Mets rookie Corey Oswalt, who is from San Diego, makes his fifth major league start when he faces his hometown Padres in the series finale in New York. Looking for his first win, Oswalt has allowed a total of three hits over 11 innings in his past two outings. Veteran Clayton Richard pitches for the Padres.
– Lefty Derek Holland returns to the rotation for the Giants against Seattle, with Giants hurler Jeff Samardzija now in his third stint on the disabled list. For the Mariners, Mike Leake makes his first start since the All-Star break.
– Arizona’s Robbie Ray takes the mound against Jon Lester of the Cubs. Lester had won eight straight decisions before St. Louis ripped him for eight runs in three innings in a loss last Friday.
– St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty has a couple of tough acts to follow as he takes the mound against Cincinnati. On each of the past two nights, a Cardinals pitcher has gone deep into the game with a no-hitter — and both were rookies. The Cards lost Monday night, but won last night on a Dexter Fowler homer in the 11th.
– In the other afternoon contest, Detroit closes out a series in Kansas City.
Bills sign rookie quarterback to 4-year contract
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills have signed rookie quarterback Josh Allen to a four-year contract a day before opening training camp.
Though Allen still requires time to develop, he is the team’s heir-apparent starter after Buffalo traded up five spots to select the Wyoming player with the seventh pick in the draft. Allen was the last of the Bills’ eight draft picks to be signed.
He spent all but the final week of the Bills spring minicamps serving as the third-string quarterback while free-agent addition A.J. McCarron and returning backup Nathan Peterman split time with the starters.
TENNIS-SERENA WILLIAMS-DRUG TESTING
Williams hits out again at testing “discrimination”
UNDATED (AP) – Serena Williams has complained on social media that it’s “test Serena” time again as she once more hit out at the frequency with which she is selected for anti-doping tests.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion took to Twitter on Tuesday night after she received another visit from a tester.
Williams tweeted: “Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most.” She added, “Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean.”
In a second message, the 36-year-old American added: “But I’m ready to do whatever it takes to have a clean sport so bring it on. I’m excited.”
Williams has complained before at being drug-tested more than other American tennis players this year.